ROCKINGHAM — For 19-year-old Justin Ard, ink runs in his blood. Along with his father Robbie, the two opened up JD’s Tattoo Shop earlier this year at 2135 Fayetteville Road. —
“We opened the shop in February, but I’ve been tattooing since I was about 15,” Ard said. “I got into it cause of my daddy. He’s been tattooing 21 years. He’s worked in shops in Monroe, all over the place. He’s worked in Magic Ink, Showtime, he worked at a shop called Inkaholics. He’s been all over the place. And growing up in a tattoo environment with him kinda got me into it. By the time I hit my late teenage years, I kinda picked up the machine and practiced a little bit with him. When I graduated high school, he chose to open a shop with me and stick me in here working.”
JD’s offers piercings in addition to tattoos, but Ard said skin designs are their bread and butter with black and grey art being the most popular.
“I do a lot of color work but most of the work I’ve done since the shop opened has been black and grey stuff. I’ve done a bunch of memorial tattoos, a bunch of evil stuff — skulls, demons — I’ve done colorful flowers, butterflies. It varies.”
The time it could take to get a tattoo from Ard depends on what the customers wants and differs from piece to piece. He used a butterfly as an example saying one the size of quarter would be finished in 10 minutes while on that covers someone’s shoulder could take as long as three sittings, two hours at a time.
In addition to time, prices also vary depending on the tattoo itself, the size and the detail.
“That little quarter sized butterfly can be a $60 tattoo if it’s got a bunch of detail and color in it . But then I could do the same butterfly that might be a lot bigger but with less detail and it might be priced less cause it’s not as much work to do,” he said.
Ard said JD’s is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to between 8 and 9 p.m. depending on business, he’s also able to adhere to his customers’ schedules.
“We’ll open up on Sundays and Mondays,” he said. “Like if someone is only off on weekends and they’re busy Saturday but they’re free Sunday, I’ll come open the shop, do the tattoo and lock back up afterwards.”
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